Henrietta Lacks Building: Honoring an enduring legacy
With an opening celebration planned for spring of 2025, the Henrietta Lacks Building on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus will support multidisciplinary and complementary programs of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Medicine, and additional departments, as well as collaborative space for education, research, and meetings.
The building project is named in honor of Henrietta Lacks, the Baltimore County woman whose cells, known as HeLa cells, have advanced medicine around the world, from the development of the polio vaccine to the study of HPV, HIV/AIDS, and leukemia.
The Henrietta Lacks Building will be designed and managed by Vines Architecture and local Baltimore construction firm Mahogany, in conjunction with Turner Construction Company. Vines Architecture is an award-winning African American-owned firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mahogany is also an African American-owned firm and a graduate of the Hopkins BLocal BUILD College program.
The new building will adjoin Deering Hall, an existing historic structure that is home to the Berman Institute, and will be located at the corner of Ashland and Rutland avenues, in the heart of Baltimore’s Eager Park community. Construction is planned to start next year.
- 34,000 square feet to support multidisciplinary and complementary programs of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and other university divisions
- Flexible program and classroom space to support education and research
- Meeting space made available for community use
In the news:
Johns Hopkins Presents Initial Design of Building Named in Honor of Henrietta Lacks to Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel — Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine presented the initial design plans for the on-campus building project named in honor of Henrietta Lacks during an Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel meeting for Baltimore City Planning.
Local and Minority-owned Businesses Lead Design, Construction Contracts for Building Named in Honor of Henrietta Lacks — The project aims to direct 30% of addressable spend to minority-owned and women-owned businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, and local business enterprises.
Johns Hopkins Selects Architect for Early-Stage Planning of Multidisciplinary Building in Honor of Henrietta Lacks — After a rigorous vetting process, Johns Hopkins University officials announced their selection of Vines Architecture to lead the planning stages for a multidisciplinary building.
Johns Hopkins University to Name Building for Henrietta Lacks — The university will name a new interdisciplinary building after Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore woman whose cells were the basis of research for numerous modern medical breakthroughs.